West End United Methodist Church

Unbinding and Letting Go

Speakers:Carol Cavin-Dillon
Topics:Children's moment, Lent, Sermon, Sunday service

Following our Lenten theme, Re:set, today’s particular focus is Re:vive, and the text for the day is the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead, the seventh and final sign/miracle in John.  Although it is clear that Jesus knows from the beginning that he will raise Lazarus from the dead, nevertheless, he is moved to grieve with the family and friends of the deceased.  That Jesus tells the people to unbind Lazarus from the burial cloths when he emerges tells us that we, too, are bidden to unbind people.  It is liberating work, the work of the Gospel, and the work of our congregation.  It also means that whatever binds us, God is working to set us free.   (NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are livestreaming only the early service, using a chamber choir and having limited congregation.  NOTE:  The video begins with the Children’s Moment, but once it starts you can scroll back to the beginning of the service if you want.  The entire service is videoed.)


  • John :11:1-3, 17, 38-44


Worship Service Bulletin (3/21/2021)


Unbinding and Letting Go (Children's Moment & Sermon)